Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Comcast Lobbying Against Paid Sick Leave Bill
According to lobbying disclosures required by the city of Philadelphia, both the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Comcast Corporation spent the second quarter of 2012 lobbying against a potential paid sick-leave bill. The bill, according to its prime sponsor, Councilman at-Large Bill Greenlee, is now set to be introduced in January 2013, after he’d originally planned a fall release.
The records show the Greater Philadelphia Chamber directly lobbied Councilmembers Bobby Henon, Kenyatta Johnson, David Oh and Mark Squilla, all of whom are freshmen on Council. The organization has additionally spent $2,478 on its direct lobbying, but the money was spent between the paid sick-leave bill and a bill that would amend the occupancy tax in real-estate use.
Comcast spent $32,985 in the first quarter of 2012 lobbying Councilmembers Cindy Bass, Jannie Blackwell, Darrell Clarke, Bill Green, William Greenlee, Bobby Henon, Kenyatta Johnson, Curtis Jones Jr., Jim Kenney, Dennis O’Brien, David Oh, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Marion Tasco against the paid sick-leave bill; and split $42,684 in the second quarter lobbying against the occupancy tax bill and the paid sick-leave bill.
Pathways PA, which organized a meeting on the paid sick-leave bill last week, has been lobbying for the bill’s implementation.